Research Facilities Within the Faculty of Science

Ocean Sciences Centre

Located in Logy Bay, NL, the Ocean Sciences Centre (OSC) houses laboratories where research is conducted on the North Atlantic fishery, aquaculture, oceanography, ecology, behaviour and physiology. Research is conducted on organisms ranging from bacteria to seals.

The Dr. Joe Brown Aquatic Research Building, located at the OSC, provides state-of-the-art facilities designed to support research, training, pre-commercial production, and small-scale commercial trials, on alternative species for marine aquaculture. A critical component of the new 1,300 m2 facility is a sea water system designed to deliver high quality, temperature controlled, flow through and re-circulating water. There are areas for broodstock conditioning, hatchery and nursery operation, first feeding, and on growing. Live food production facilities have daily production capabilities of 1,000 L algae, 1 billion rotifers, and 500 million Artemia.

A deep sea water supply system (to provide consistent, low-temperature sea water year-round, and will enable researchers to expand the amount of time they can hold deep-water animals for research) and new bio-containment Research Facility (for carrying out research on infectious diseases affecting marine animals, as well as invasive aquatic species) are presently under construction. The OSC provides a hand-on research experience for graduate and undergraduate students and post-doctoral fellows, and provides a marine education program for schools and the public.

Bonne Bay Marine Station

The Bonne Bay Marine Station on Newfoundland's west coast, equipped with teaching and research laboratories, library/resource centre, multimedia theatre, aquarium, residence accommodations, and small boats, offers students a premiere learning environment and researchers a first-rate facility for marine ecosystem research. The region exhibits unparalleled biodiversity in icy fjords basins, salmon estuaries, Arctic kelp beds, salt marshes and the open Gulf of St. Lawrence. Resident populations of normally inaccessible offshore animals and Arctic species are easily accessible.

The Bonne Bay Marine Station promotes multi-disciplinary research collaboration between scientists, industry, government agencies and community organizations. Areas of interest include oceanography, marine ecology/biology, governance, community/economic development, and the distinctive culture and local heritage of the Bonne Bay Region.

Current projects include ecology of snow crab and lobster, habitat sensitivity in Bonne Bay and invasive species; the biodiversity of the lcoal ecosystems; sutdies of kelp and sea urchin aquaculture; research on fisheries policy, conservation and food security.